Metatarsalgia | Grand Rapids

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On average, people take 6,000 to 10,000 steps each day. With each step there are normal movement patterns that should be completed. When these patterns deviate from normal, a variety of conditions can often result.

The metatarsal area is the region where the toes join the rest of the foot. This area is often subjected to added pressure. Metatarsalgia, the medical name for pain in the ball of the foot, derives its name from the long bones of the foot or “metatarsals.” Pain occurs when the balance between the metatarsal bones is thrown off. People who suffer from this condition often feel intense pain in the ball of the foot.

  • Intense pain in the ball of the foot and surrounding area.

*Note: If pain is severe, see your doctor to rule out a metatarsal stress fracture.

  • Activities that put repeated stress on the ball of the foot (i.e., jogging)
  • Intense training or overuse
  • Ligament injuries and joint irritation
  • Thinning or shifting of foot pads
  • Neuroma, a painful mass of nerve tissue
  • Abnormal foot shape
  • Excessive rolling inward of the foot (over-pronation)
  • Excessive rolling outward of the foot (over-supination)
  • Calluses or skin lesions that affect weight distribution
  • Improperly fitted shoes
  • Shoes that are too small
  • High heels

  • Take OTC anti-inflammatory medication
  • Choose low heels instead of high heels
  • Wear properly fitted shoes
  • Wear shoes that absorb shock
  • Add metatarsal inserts or pads to your shoes
  • Add arch supports


  • Supportive athletic, casual or dress shoes
  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)
  • Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)
  • Metatarsal inserts and/or pads

Visit a Foot Solutions fit expert today for a free digital foot assessment, consultation and treatment recommendations for effective non-invasive solutions.


Rob Skinner
Certified Pedorthist / Owner
Mark Wragg
Certified Pedorthist / Manager

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